To get a good seat on a flight, a traveler should book early, choose a bulkhead seat or a seat near an emergency exit, and avoid mid-row seats and nonreclining back-row seats near the restrooms and galley. Review websites such as TravelGuru and SeatMaestro offer airline seat plans.
Exit-row seats and bulkhead seats, those at the division between cabins, generally offer more comfort and space. A traveler on a night flight might choose a window seat so she has somewhere to rest a pillow and sleep. However, she might avoid this seat on a day flight as she has to disturb fellow passengers in order to visit the restrooms. An aisle seat offers a long-legged traveler a chance to stretch out during the flight and move around the cabin without disturbing other passengers. The location of in-flight entertainment and power ports can also be important.